Information About STDs

STDs stands for Sexually Transmitted Diseases. STDs can be transmitted through blood, saliva and other bodily fluids.

Today there are at least 500 million reported cases of STDs. Many people end up facing a painful death due to these diseases. It is very important to have knowledge about them, their cause and ways of prevention in order to timely get the diseases diagnosed and treated with medical assistance from your local hospital or local 24-hour clinic.

Types

Some Sexually transmitted diseases are very dangerous and incurable while others are easy to treat if timely diagnosed and treated. Here are some types of STDs:

  • Syphilis
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Scabies
  • Genital herpes

Symptoms

STDs or its infections can have a long range of signs and symptoms. For some people, the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases may not appear but they might be infected. Sometimes people ignore the symptoms until the pain starts or something serious happens.

The common symptoms are:

  • Pain During Sex
  • A rash over the Hands or Feet
  • Discharge from Penis
  • Burning or Painful Urination
  • Fever
  • Unusual Vaginal Bleeding
  • Unusual or Odd Smelling of Vaginal Discharge

There’s no regular or specified time for the symptoms to appear. Sometimes the symptoms take a few days or sometimes years to develop. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your local urgent care clinic immediately.

Causes and Risk Factors

STDs can be caused by different types of sex. It doesn’t always transmit through insertion but also through sexual contact.

In simple words, these are Infections that are passed from one person to another when two or more individuals make sexual contact.

The causes of Sexually transmitted diseases are:

  • Bacteria
  • Virus
  • Parasites

Some risk factors of sexually transmitted diseases are:

  • Having Sexual contact with multiple Partners-The risks of being infected by STDs increases with an increase in the number of partners you make sexual contact with.
  • Un-Protected Sex-Sexual Interaction  with Infected Partner who’s not using protection i.e. condom)
  • Sharing of injections-Sharing of Injections may also spread the infection as it may transfer through needles.
  • Mother to infant transmission-Some STDs can be passed from mothers to infants during pregnancy and while giving birth. It may end up being fatal for the infant.

Preventions

Preventions are very important when it comes to STDs as some are incurable which force you to lead a miserable life and/or face a painful death. The steps to prevent Sexually transmitted diseases are very easy and simple.

  • Male Circumcision-Consider getting circumcised as it decreases risks of getting infected by a female partner by 60%.
  • Verification-Before indulging into sexual activities with a new partner get your partner tested for any Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Use Protection-Always use protection such as latex condoms while indulging in any type of sexual acts.

Visit an urgent care clinic for more information and detailed medical examination of you and your partner.